Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) Fees & Overdraft Protection
Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) Fees
I wrote a check that was returned because of insufficient funds (NSF) in my account. But, the bank never notified me, so other checks bounced and I got hit with several overdraft fees. Shouldn't the bank have sent me a notice?
The bank is not required to notify you when a check bounces because of insufficient funds. You are responsible for keeping a current and accurate check/transaction register. By balancing it with your monthly statement, you […]
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Can the bank charge an overdraft fee while there is a deposit pending?
Yes. Many transactions are processed overnight. These transactions may not be reflected in an available balance. Refer to your deposit account agreement for your bank's overdraft and transaction processing policies. It is […]
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My bank paid my largest check first and then the smaller ones. Doing so created more overdraft fees on my account. Why did the bank pay in this order?
You may write your checks in numerical order, but that doesn't mean the checks will post in the same order. The same is true with point-of-sale or other electronic transactions. They don't necessarily post in the order in […]
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I deposited a third-party check and spent some of the funds. My bank has now informed me that this check was returned unpaid due to non-sufficient funds (NSF) and that I am liable for the entire amount. Is this correct?
If your bank credited your account for a check that was later returned unpaid for insufficient funds, the bank can reverse the funds and may charge a fee. As the payee, you must pursue the maker of the check if you wish to […]
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After my bank froze my checking account, some of my checks were returned unpaid. Is the bank permitted to impose a non-sufficient funds (NSF) fee for these returned checks?
Generally, yes. The bank may charge non-sufficient funds (NSF) fees if permitted by the terms of your account agreement. Review your account agreement for policies specific to your bank and your account.
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Can the bank charge me an overdraft fee for paying a one-time debit card transaction?
The bank can charge a fee for paying an automated teller machine (ATM) or a one-time debit card transaction under certain circumstances. All of the following conditions must be met in order for the bank to do so: The bank […]
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Can the bank charge a fee if I write a check that overdraws my account?
Yes, the bank can assess a fee if a check overdraws your account (known as a non-sufficient funds [NSF] fee), as long as this practice was previously disclosed. Read your deposit account agreement for information about your […]
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Overdraft Protection Programs
What is overdraft protection?
Overdraft protection is an agreement with the bank or financial institution to cover overdrafts on a checking account. This service typically involves a fee and is generally limited to a preset maximum amount. Banks are not […]
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How can my account be overdrawn when I just made a deposit?
Banks generally post deposits before withdrawals. However, there are no laws requiring banks to do this. In addition, banks may establish a cut-off time for deposits made at a branch or through an ATM. Deposits made after […]
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I received notice from my bank that it will no longer authorize automated teller machine (ATM) transactions when my balance is not sufficient to cover the transaction, unless I agree to a fee. If I don’t agree, can the bank decline my ATM transaction?
Yes. The bank may refuse to permit overdrafts at an ATM unless you opt-in to the overdraft service. The bank must provide accounts with the same terms, conditions and features to consumers who affirmatively consent or opt […]
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When is a bank required to obtain my consent or agreement before imposing overdraft fees on automated teller machine (ATM) and one-time debit card transactions?
Banks may not assess an overdraft fee on an ATM or one-time debit card transaction if you or another joint account holder did not affirmatively consent or agree to the bank paying overdrafts on such transactions. However, […]
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I did not consent or agree to an overdraft fee. The bank paid the one-time debit card transaction anyway. Can the bank do this?
Yes. The bank may pay the one-time debit card transaction without your permission through its overdraft service. The bank may not assess a fee against your account for doing so if you (or another joint account holder) did […]
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The bank charged a fee for an overdraft, and the amount seems excessive. Is there a limit?
Federal laws do not specify maximum amounts for fees that banks can charge for overdrafts. These decisions are made by the bank. Banks are required to disclose any fees when the deposit account is established, and they are […]
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Can the bank pay a check if my account is overdrawn?
Depending on the terms of your deposit account agreement, the bank can either return the check unpaid or they can pay the check. If paying the check results in an overdraft, the bank can assess an overdraft fee against […]
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The bank's automated teller machine (ATM) indicated that I had a positive balance. But when I wrote a check, the bank charged an overdraft fee. How is this possible?
Many transactions are processed overnight. These transactions may not be reflected in an available balance—such as an ATM balance—that you see during the day. It's important to keep a current and accurate […]
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How many times will a bank allow an insufficient funds (NSF) check to be redeposited/resubmitted?
Generally, a bank may attempt to deposit the check two or three times when there are insufficient funds in your account. However, there are no laws that determine how many times a check may be resubmitted, and there is no […]
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I have a joint account. Do both account holders need to opt in or agree to overdraft protection?
It depends. For overdraft services that are specific to automated teller machine (ATM) or one-time debit card transactions and for which the bank will charge a fee, one account holder is considered sufficient when opting-in. […]
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I thought that my bank wouldn’t authorize transactions if I didn’t have sufficient funds in my account, but they did, and I incurred a fee. What can I do to avoid overdraft fees?
The bank must have your affirmative consent or agreement to assess an overdraft fee for a one-time debit card transaction. The bank must notify you in writing or electronically about the bank's overdraft service and obtain […]
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